1. Do you accept insurance? I am not an in-network insurance provider. Although I do not accept insurance for payment, some people who work with me choose to use their health insurance “out-of-network” benefits to help cover the costs of therapy. Clients are provided with a Super Bill to submit to their insurance carrier for reimbursement through their Out of Network benefits. If you would like help with submitting claims to your insurance, I use a service that uses HIPAA-compliant technology to create, submit, and monitor insurance claims on your behalf. You may use the link below to check your Out of Network Benefits.
2. How much does therapy cost? The cost per session is $250.
3. What are my payment options? Clients can use a credit or debit card, Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account. If you would like to use your Out Of Network (OON) benefits, I can provide you will the receipt you will need to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
4. Do you offer Sliding Scale? I no longer offer sliding scale. For sliding scale options please visit www.openpathcollective.org. You can also reach out to the Loveland Foundation for assistance with out of pocket therapy cost.
5. How do we get started?
I kindly ask that you use the link below to complete a screening assessment to schedule a 15-minute consultation. Once you have completed the screening assessment you can schedule a 15-minute consultation call. The cost for a 15-minute consultation is $25.
6. How do you know if a client is a good fit? The purpose of a consultation is for the client and therapist to mutually determine if they are a "good fit" for each other. This is done via the prospective client sharing briefly what their therapy needs are and goals for therapy. The therapist will share an overview of their expertise with particular issues and will convey to the client whether or not the therapist can assist with the issues that are being reported by the prospective client. This is also an opportunity for the therapist to learn about you and what you’re looking for, as well as for you to ask any questions you might have for them. Your participation in a phone consultation does not imply in any way that you are a client of Maria Diaz, LMHC. You are under no obligation to begin services with Maria Diaz, LMHC. A consultation is not a therapy session and no therapy, treatment or recommendations will be made with regard to the issues that are being discussed.
7. How often will we meet? Initially, I meet with clients on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, depending on your needs. If we are doing EMDR therapy it is best that we meet on a weekly basis. As clients meet their treatment goals and showing signs of improvement, we then move on to bi-weekly, monthly and then discuss discharge.
8. How long are sessions? A standard psychotherapy session is 45 minutes. A typical EMDR therapy session lasts about 60 minutes.
9. How soon can I see results from EMDR? The amount of time it will take to complete EMDR treatment will depend on the client's history. Preparation takes time and I engage my clients in a lot of resourcing for stabilization. Although EMDR therapy may produce results more rapidly than other forms of therapy, speed is not the goal of therapy and it is important to remember that every client has different needs.
10. What is EMDR therapy and can it be done online? World Health Organization (2013) Definition of EMDR “[EMDR] therapy is based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors are the result of unprocessed memories. The treatment involves standardized procedures that include focusing simultaneously on (a) spontaneous associations of traumatic images, thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations and (b) bilateral stimulation that is most commonly in the form of repeated eye movements. Like CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR aims to reduce subjective distress and strengthen adaptive beliefs related to the traumatic event. Unlike CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR does not involve (a) detailed descriptions of the event, (b) direct challenging of beliefs, (c) extended exposure, or (d) homework (p. 1).”
Yes, EMDR can be done online. I have been trained online and have the skills and resources to conduct EMDR therapy safely and effectively online.
11. How does online therapy work? Clients can schedule their online appointments through my client portal. I use a secure, HIPAA compliant portal for all sessions. When you schedule your virtual appointment the link for your appointment will be sent to you through text or email.
12. What do I need for my appointment? I ask that clients have a computer, laptop or tablet for sessions and a private space for appointments. Clients have to be physically present in the states that I am licensed to practice in which are New York, New Jersey, and Florida